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China Adoption Fees Overview

Holt Application $300
Home Study $2,500 – $2,900
Document Processing Service (optional) $750 (optional)
U.S. Processing Fee $3,500
Program Fee* INCLUSIVE: orphanage fee (approx. $5,700) and all adoption-related expenses in China $15,000*
Post Placement $2,400 – $2,800
Post Placement Processing Fee $900
Adoption Travel Package (while in China – costs will vary) $3,500 – $4,000
International Flights to/from China (costs can vary widely) Varies
Estimated Total $30,000 - $34,000

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Application Fee - $300
The non-refundable application fee is due with your Holt application form. This fee covers the cost of a thorough review of your application to confirm your eligibility for the China program. If we notice a potential challenge on the application, we will let you know immediately and develop a coordinated plan with you, your home study preparer and our staff in China to ensure your process runs smoothly. You may begin to review children from Holt's China program photolisting once you have applied. Our clinical support team can help you determine your suitability to adopt a child with special placement considerations, such as an older child or a child adopted out of birth order.

Adoption Study Fee - $2,500-$2,900 plus mileage* (If Holt Provides)
Holt will conduct your adoption homestudy if you live in a state where Holt has a branch office. The fee we charge covers the cost of preparing and completing this study, including parent training and education, and payment will be due before the first meeting. Holt will provide you with child and family-specific training as part of this fee. You will also be required to complete general adoption trainings through online courses, which will be charged separately. If you live in a state not served by a Holt branch office, your adoption study will be provided and billed by a Holt cooperating agency. The cost of a homestudy through one of Holt's cooperating agencies will likely range from $1,500-$4,500.

Adoption Study Update Fee $300 plus mileage* (If Holt Provides)
You may need to update your adoption homestudy before your adoption is complete because of requirements set by your state of residence, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, or by the child's country. This fee covers the cost of completing a homestudy update that requires a home visit and will be due prior to our visit. If you are working with one of Holt's cooperating agencies for homestudy services, the cost for a homestudy update can range from $250-$350.

U.S. Processing Fee - $3,500
This fee covers Holt's cost to facilitate your adoption with agency and government officials in both the United States and the country from which you're adopting. Processing expenses for Holt include – but are not limited to – personnel costs, administrative overhead, operational costs, staff training and education, communications and publications costs. This fee also covers all registration and translation costs related to submitting your dossier and must be paid in full before we can process your dossier. You will be billed when Holt receives and approves your homestudy. (This fee is non-refundable)

Document Processing Fee - $600
This is an optional service available to families adopting from China. If you choose this service, Holt staff will assist in obtaining vital records needed for your dossier and have the documents certified as required by county, state, federal and foreign governments. They will also make necessary photocopies and mount photographs required for your dossier. The document processing fee does not cover fees charged by government offices to certify the documents or the cost to mail documents via Federal Express or priority mail. Families are responsible for these charges.

Adoption Program Fee - $15,000
The adoption program fee covers all costs relating to a child's adoption process in China. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Costs for personnel, administrative overhead, training, education in China
  • Legal adoption services and communications, working with government and agency authorities, translation services (including fees related to these services)
  • Child's Chinese passport and U.S. visa fees
  • Costs associated with obtaining child updates
  • Mandatory $5,700 orphanage donation required by the central authority, China Center for Children's Welfare and Adoption (CCCWA). Holt disburses this fee so families don't need to travel with large sums of cash on the adoption trip.

The adoption program fee will be due when you accept the assignment of a child. Holt grants are available for families who qualify; on a case-by-case basis. Contact China program for details.
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